Last day colder than normal before slight warm up

figner lakes weather forecast wednesday december 12 2018 cloud chilly warm up
Another quiet, rather cloudy day is expected across the Finger Lakes. Temperatures will start to trend warmer beginning Thursday. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

Cloudy, Quiet Wednesday

Much of Wednesday will be another quiet, mostly cloudy day across the Finger Lakes.

A few areas over the eastern Finger Lakes and Central New York are still seeing light snow showers this morning. While a flurry or two will continue to be possible, the snow should continue to dissipate. Little to no additional accumulation is expected.

A small bubble of high pressure will control the weather for the rest of today.

finger lakes weather surface map regional weather wednesday december 12 2018
Wednesday morning’s surface weather map shows an area of low pressure over the Midwest that will bring some light snow to the Finger Lakes tonight. Click to enlarge.

As low level moisture and cloud cover erodes, mid and high level clouds will stream in from the southwest. Some filtered sunshine may be possible before these new clouds get too thick, but for the most part, it will be a rather cloudy day.

Temperatures across the region this morning range from the upper 20s to the low 30s. Temperatures will only rise a couple degrees with low 30s for most through the afternoon.

At this point in the year, temperatures should be in the upper 30s.

Another Small System, then Trending Warmer

Like Tuesday night, a small, moisture starved low pressure system will swing through the region tonight.

Very light snow will once again spread across the area, this time holding off until the late evening and overnight hours. Flurries will linger into Thursday morning.

Snow accumulations will be on the order of an inch or less.

The sun will try to make an appearance Thursday afternoon but will only manage a few glimpses. A south wind will develop though, giving temperatures a slight boost.

High temperatures on Thursday will be warmest near Rochester where low 40s are likely. Highs near 40 degrees will spread across portions of the northern and western Finger Lakes with upper 30s elsewhere.

South winds will continue into Friday with skies remaining mostly cloudy.

Morning lows Friday will start near 30 degrees with afternoon highs between 40-45 degrees region wide.

A larger storm system will pass across the southern United States on Saturday. Some moisture from this system may just clip the region with a few morning rain showers. These will be most likely south and east of an Elmira-Ithaca-Cortland line.

Winds will turn to the north on Saturday and temperatures will back off a couple degrees. Highs should be around 40 degrees.

Sunday looks sunny and dry with highs creeping back into the low 40s. Monday will retreat to about 40 degrees as clouds increase.

After a brief dip back into the 30s on Tuesday, highs during the second half of next week look to be at or above 45 degrees.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

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  1. Vally


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    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

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